Date Posted: 18/09/2015
14 September: the week at Read
Sixth Form Team-Building Day
11th September, 2015
An energetic and enthused start to the year for the Sixth Form who went to Hatfield Watersports Centre in Doncaster to indulge in some activities designed to test their physical prowess, stamina, mental acuity and above all, their ability to work as a team. They included kayaking, archery, problem-solving activities, and getting round an assault course.
Welcome to new pupils Jess, Rebecca, Marina, Garry and Nocturne who took part in the activities and already feel like they have been at Read forever. Here we see Rebecca sampling Yorkshire water for the first time!
Head Boy Daniel Phillips managing to stay dry despite everyone else being soaked; the smug expression says it all!
Special mention to stylish Lizzie Limbert who is the only person I have ever seen tackle the obstacle course in high heels. Although, she didn't fall off as much as the others, so maybe they were an advantage!
Startled students recoil after being shown the size of the pike in the Lake! Still, none of them fell off their rafts after this.
A Flying Start!
An excellent team performance.
Scorers were Stephanie Burrows, Grace Handforth, Alex Collinson (2), Katie Watson and Annie Henry.
The Joyous Team: Annie Henry, Grace Handforth, Alex Collinson, Philippa Musson, Ellie Williams, Stephanie Burrows, Amy Lister and Katie Watson.
International Cricket at Headingley
On Friday 11th September, Mr Gisbourne and I took eleven pupils to see the One Day International (England v Australia) at Headingley. As it had been a long-standing ambition of mine to see a cricket match, I seized the opportunity and reserved my place many months previously, to the annoyance of several other members of staff who realised that we were going out on a trip after only two days back at school! The pupils ranged in age from Year Eight to the Upper Sixth, with the more hard-core amongst us listening to Test Match Special at the same time as watching the match, whilst others focusing more on the eating opportunities provided. It was an exciting game with a close finish, and we saw an astonishing catch by Glenn Maxwell, who threw the ball over the boundary as he stepped backwards over it, then lunged forward to catch the ball once again and claim the wicket of Moeen Ali. Other memories were provided by Alex Marsh being given practically his own body weight in Pepperami, Sam Barrick’s father sitting five seats along from the Prime Minister, and Alex Bindloss’s encyclopaedic (and useful) knowledge of Headingley. Many thanks to Mr Gisbourne for organising the trip.